"Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel's immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way." -Ralph Crawshaw
One of the things, we fall into when we find ourselves amoung the WRONG kind of friends is this:
the book of Romans, Paul reveals the sinful nature and lawlessness of mankind,
stating how God poured out His wrath on those who rejected His laws. Because
they had turned away from God's instruction and guidance, He gave them over to
their sinful natures. The list of sins includes gossips and slanderers (Romans 1:29b-32). We see
from this passage how serious the sin of gossip is and that it characterizes
those who are under God’s wrath.
Another group who were (and still are
today) known for indulging in gossip is widows. Paul cautions widows against
entertaining the habit of gossip and of being idle. These women are described as
“gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to” (1 Timothy 5:12-13).
Because women tend to spend a lot of time in each other's homes and work closely
with other women, they hear and observe situations which can become distorted,
especially when repeated over and over. Paul states that widows get into the
habit of going from home to home, looking for something to occupy their
idleness. Idle hands are the devil's workshop, and God cautions against allowing
idleness to enter our lives. “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man [or
woman] who talks too much” (Proverbs 20:19).
We ask for prayer to walk away from such. We have ended many friendships because of this, and then often get accused of thinking we are better. Well, in a sense we are TRYING to be better and for that we are sorry that their feeling are hurt. But we will not mess with God and want to be better people. So if it's something you wish not to have repeated or if the info hurts someone - then just don't share it. Life is so short, why waste it in such fashion. We hope our followers will pray for us as we pray for you. Live by examples for others to end their own sins. God Bless